Q: What is Earwax?
Earwax is produced naturally by glands in the skin of ear canal (outer part). The wax is a defense mechanism meant to trap dust and dirt particles before they reach the eardrum.
Q: Should I clean my ears?
The rule is: Never put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear! Wax buildup on the eardrum is often a result of cleaning with a pin, twisted napkin, etc. All these things do is push the wax in deeper. Using these objects is also harmful because the skin of the ear canal and eardrum is very sensitive and fragile. Earwax is a natural defense mechanism, the absence of which may result in dry, itchy ears. Your ears usually self-clean themselves, earwax hardens as it moves away from the eardrum and falls out.
Q: What are symptoms of wax buildup?
Common symptoms are: